Things to Do This Week in Cincinnati & NKY

Need to plan a date this week? Looking for something new to do with your special someone? Check out our top date-worthy event picks happening each week!

THIS WEEK

We’ve got the best date night ideas in the Cincinnati area! From romantic, to adventurous — we’ve got you covered! Get your planning started with our list of the top things to do this week in Cincinnati & NKY below.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (April 21-April 23):

  • Bill Boronkay – Liberty Funny Bone Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m.; tickets are $15 – Formerly a rising sports caster, Bill Boronkay takes the world by storm with his stand-up routines. Photo courtesy of Funny Bone.

  • FC Cincinnati vs. Louisville City FC – Nippert Stadium Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m.; check here for ticket prices – Catch FC Cincinnati play against Louisville City FC on our own turf.
  • Huntertones – MOTR Pub Saturday, April 22 at 10 p.m.; Free – A perfect mix for everyone, this band blends R&B, rock, hip-hop and soul. Their style changes mid-show for an exciting twist! Photo courtesy of MOTR Pub.

  • EQUUS – Warsaw Federal Incline Theater Friday-Saturday, April 21-22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. — A psychiatrist works to figure out the reason behind a boy’s heinous crime while his parents remained confused on how it even happened. Photo credit Mikki Schaffner Photography.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (April 14-April 16):

  • International Butterfly Show: Majestic Monarch – Krohn Conservatory, through June 18 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; tickets are $7, $5 ages 5-17 and free for children 4 and under – Surround yourself with 12,000 butterflies for the experience of a lifetime at Krohn Conservatory this spring and summer. A great date for couples or with friends and family! Photo courtesy of Krohn Conservatory.

  • Reds vs Brewers baseball game – Great American Ballpark, Friday, April 14 at 7:10 p.m.; check ticket site for prices and seats – Watch our own Cincinnati Reds take on the Milwaukee Brewers this Friday night. We have some ideas for baseball dates here.

 

  • Matilda the Musical – The Aronoff Center, Friday-Saturday April 14-15 at 8 p.m.; check site for ticket prices – Catch the final showings of Matilda the Musical at the Aronoff this weekend! Based on the book by Roald Dahl, this enchanting and family-friendly musical will keep you engaged.  Photo courtesy of Broadway in Cincinnati.

  • Saved by the 90’s – Bogart’s, Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m.; check site for ticket prices – Take a step back in time and relive the 90’s with the band Saved by the 90’s! They will perform the best hits from the 90’s at this all-ages show. Photo courtesy of Bogart’s

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (April 7-April 9):

  • Spring Second Saturday – One Main Gallery in downtown Milford Saturday, April 8 5 – 8 p.m. – Meet with local artists while enjoying delicious treats! Check out a wide selection of beautiful art and handcrafted jewelry, plus receive a free small soy candle with any purchase of $100 or more (while supplies last). For more information, check out their website here.

 

  • Marc Cohn with Tom Steele – Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. – After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn has his place as this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters. Cohn combines his tunesmith skills with his passion of a soul man. For ticket information, check it out here.

  • Smooth Hound Smith with T. Libscomb – Southgate House Revival in Newport Saturday, April 8; doors open at 8 p.m. and show at 8:30 p.m. – For a foot-stompin’ time, hang out with folk blues band Smooth Hound Smith. They have a unique rhythm and blues style and a lot of fun. For more information, check it out here.

  • Monster Jam – U.S. Bank Arena Friday, Aril 7 at 7 p.m. – Watch monster trucks tear through the arena in real time while enjoying drinks and snacks. Featuring El Toro Loco driven by Armando Castro, Pirate’s Curse driven by Camden Murphy, Megalodon driven by Justin Sipes, Alien Invasion driven by Bernard Lyght, Grave Digger driven by Krysten Anderson, Zombie driven by Ami Houde, Monster Mutt Rottweiler driven by JR Seasock and Blue Thunder driven by Matt Cody. For ticket options, check here.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (March 24 – April 2, 2017):

  • Punk Rock Night at The Southgate House Revival – Friday, March 31 at 10pm – Got punk in your blood? Head to Southgate House Revival for a night with The Mudlarks, Ask, The Tigerlilies, and Rat Trap. Or if punk isn’t really your thing, check out Taste of Whispering Beard….

  • Cincinnati Cyclones at US Bank Arena – Friday, March 31 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 1 at 7:30pm – You’ve got two chances to check out some action on the ice this weekend. The Cyclones face off against the Komets on Friday night, and the Walleye on Saturday. Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night and boasts $1 hot dogs, pizza, soda, and beer plus prizes galore.

  • Art After Dark: Through the Looking Glass at the Cincinnati Art Museum – Friday, march 31 from 5-9pm – Explore iconic and colorful Tiffany windows and lamps with live music from US, Today; specialty cocktails and LED hoola hoop performances from Cincinnati Circus Company. You’ll also have exclusive access to the museum. Drinks and appetizers are available for purchase. Free admission and free parking.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (March 24-26, 2017):

  • NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Midwest Regional – Saturday, March 25 at 1pm and 4:30 pm and Sunday, March 26 at 6pm (this is a 3-game package); U. S. Bank Arena – Watch teams from University of Denver, Michigan Tech, Union College and Penn State face off on the ice to compete in a spot in the Frozen Four.

  • DISENCHANTED! at The Carnegie – Saturday, March 25-Sunday, April 9; times vary – This NOT for the kiddies fairy tale gets all too real when six sassy princesses toss the tiaras and get real about happily never after. Great for a date night or girls night out.

  • Cold War Kids at The Madison Theater – Friday, March 24 at 8pm – Great music in a great venue. Stop by KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia before the show for How Fun noodles or Wabi Sabi Covington for delicious half price sushi.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (March 17-19, 2017):

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme – Through Sunday, March 19; days and times vary; U.S. Bank Arena – It’s your FINAL CHANCE to be a kid again and experience The Greatest Show On Earth because it’s the final run of this amazing show. Get your tickets and enjoy one last chance to see the acrobats, clowns, and many other fantastic feats that the circus offers.

  • JANE EYRE at Playhouse in the Park – Through April 8; times vary – The Charlotte Bronte classic novel comes to life on the stage as Playhouse in the Park presents Jane Eyre. Passionate romance and psychological drama all rolled into one, this show promises to cast a spell on fans of the novel, and those new to the charms of the plain but fiery Jane.

  • Blue October: The Heart Goes Bang Tour – Saturday, March 18 at 8pm; Bogart’s – Enjoy a night out at a classic Cincinnati live venue, Bogart’s. Blue October: The Heart Goes Bang Tour with Matthew Mayfield opening.

  • Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor – Cincinnati Art Museum; through May 7; museum hours/days vary – Go back in time to the 16th century as you explore Japanese samurai culture and arts with more than 130 warrior-related objects, including full suits of armor, a variety of arms, and art works.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (March 10-12, 2017):

  • Mamma Mia! – Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12; times vary; Aronoff Center for the Arts – The ultimate feel good musical! You’re bound to know many of the songs from the ABBA inspired soundtrack, so your toe will be tapping along as you’re whisked away with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration – Downtown’s Fountain Square; Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12; times vary; see schedule for parade route and time – It’s that time of year again when we all claim a wee bit ‘o Irish blood and celebrate everything green. Head downtown and join the celebration with Irish food, music, the annual parade, and of course – beer!

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme – Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 19; days and times vary; U.S. Bank Arena – It’s your final chance to be a kid again and experience The Greatest Show On Earth because it’s the final run of this amazing show. Get your tickets and enjoy one last chance to see the acrobats, clowns, and many other fantastic feats that the circus offers.

  • Golden Lamb FigLeaf Brewing Company Beer Dinner – Friday, March 10 from 7-9 pm; Golden Lamb Restaurant – Five food courses perfectly paired with FigLeaf Brews in a romantic and historical setting. Learn about the beer you’re tasting from FigLeaf Brewing representatives. Informative, delicious, and fun!

  • The Nothing That Is: A Drawing Show in Five Parts: Free Opening Night Reception – Friday, March 10 at 5:30pm – Explore this amazing new exhibit, featuring work from more than 90n different artists. The evening begins with a preview conversation led by The Carnegie’s Exhibitions Director Matt Distel along with Bill Thelen, an artist, curator and educator based in Raleigh, NC. Enjoy free light bites and a cash bar as you explore this amazing new exhibition.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (March 3-5, 2017):

  • Cincinnati International Wine Festival – Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, March 4; times vary; Duke Energy Convention Center – Taste the world through a wine glass, and do it for a great cause! The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a charitable, non-profit organization that supports and raises funds for local charities. With several events – including winery dinners and grand tastings – there’s something for every palate.

  • 25th Annual Bockfest – March 3-5; Bockfest Hall at the Christan Moerlein Brewery, 1621 Moore St, Cincinnati as well as multiple participating bars & restaurants throughout Over the Rhine – Parades, tastings, tours, and more, there’s something for everyone at Bockfest.

  • FINAL WEEKEND – SOMETHING ROTTEN! – Runs through Sunday, March 5, 2017; times vary; Aronoff Center for the Arts – Set in 1595, this hilarious story sees Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers desperate to write a hit play, who set out to write the world’s first musical after a local soothsayer foretells the future of theatre including singing, dancing, and acting at the same time. The hilarity ensues when ‘rock star’, William Shakespeare, continues to steal the spotlight from the Bottom Brothers. This is an absolute MUST SEE show – do yourself a favor, go laugh a lot with The Bard and The Bottom Brothers!

  • Maroon 5 – Friday, March 3 at 7:30pm; U. S. Bank Arena – There are still a few tickets left to be in the audience for the delayed – and much anticipated – Maroon 5 performance here in Cincinnati. Don’t delay – this event will likely sell out!

  • Spring Carnival at Perfect North Slopes – Sunday, March 5 from 9:30 am to 4pm – Say hello to spring with one last day on the slopes at Perfect North. Fun activities and events scheduled all day long, weather permitting.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Feb. 24-26, 2017):

  • MainStrasse Village Mardi Gras – Friday, February 24 from 8pm to 2:30am; Saturday, February 25 from 8pm to 2:30am – Stroll through MainStrasse Village and pretend you are on Bourbon Street! New Orleans-style party with a Grande Parade on Saturday at 8pm. Beads available for purchase, courtesy of Cappel’s, on Main Street prior to and during the parade on Saturday.

  • Mardi Gras 10th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, February 25 from 8pm to 12am; Pendleton Art Center Middletown – Enjoy live entertainment by Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, a cash bar, New Orleans-style snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, plus test your luck at the black jack tables, get your tarot cards read, and take your chance on winning a raffle.

  • SOMETHING ROTTEN! – Runs through Sunday, March 5, 2017; times vary; Aronoff Center for the Arts – Set in 1595, this hilarious story sees Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers desperate to write a hit play, who set out to write the world’s first musical after a local soothsayer foretells the future of theatre including singing, dancing, and acting at the same time. The hilarity ensues when ‘rock star’, William Shakespeare, continues to steal the spotlight from the Bottom Brothers.

  • 20th Century Cincinnati – February 25 & 26 from 11am to 6pm; Sharonville Convention Center – Best known for its fantastic selection of furniture and lighting, this event also features period decorative objects, housewares, pop culture memorabilia, and fashion.

  • Whiskey Trail Festival – Saturday, February 25 at 7pm; Jungle Jim’s International Market – Sample from over 40 different top-shelf whiskies and bourbons! Your ticket includes eight samples and one custom cocktail. You can also talk with master distillers and sample whiskey-themed foods.

BONUS:

  • The Art of Food: An Atomic Dinner Party – Thursday, February 23 , from 6-9pm; The Carnegie – Head to The Carnegie for an intimate dining experience with a retro twist at the wildly popular The Art of Food’s Atomic Dinner Party, a smaller and more intimate event. Enjoy guided, educational tastings from Maker’s Mark, music by Amy McFarland Trio, and many more surprises and experiences unique to the event.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Feb. 17-19, 2017):

  • Cincy Winter Beerfest – February 17-February 18; times vary; Duke Energy Covention Center – Experience over 350 different craft beers. Check out our guide to the fun: Cincy Winter Beerfest 2017.

  • Voodoo Carnival Mardi Gras Masquerade – Saturday, February 18 at 7:30pm; Southgate House Revival – Hit the best Mardi Gras Masquerade in Cincinnati for the 7th year in a row. Enjoy the music of New Orleans by Lagniappe, check out Hexa Burlesque and Pickled Brothers Circus, and more on the Main Stage. Upstairs, get your groove on with a dance party til 2am with classic 80’s, goth, and new wave music spun by DJ Dr. Martin and DJ Revelator.

  • Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend – February 18 & 19; times vary; happening at venues all over the region – Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend is back for a taste of the many amazing arts opportunities our region has to offer. For a sneak peek, and some art opportunities for your sampler viewing schedule, check out our post: Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend 2017

  • RICHARD III – Opens Friday, February 17 at 7:30pm and runs through Saturday, March 11; Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – The final chapter is Shakespeare’s ‘game of thrones’; follow the story of Richard Plantaganet as he sets his eyes on the throne of England.

  • Cincinnati Cyclones VS. Ft. Wayne Komets – Sunday, February 19 at 2pm; U. S. Bank Arena – Enjoy an afternoon of cheering on our Cincy Cyclones to victory against the Komets. Doors open at 2pm, puck drops at 3pm.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Feb. 10-12, 2017):

  • LAST CHANCE – HENRY VI: WAR OF THE ROSES PART 2 – Friday, January 20 at 7:30pm; Saturday, January 21 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 22 at 2pm; Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – It’s a real life Game of Thrones as Shakespeare’s History Cycle spirals towards its inevitable end.

  • Cincinnati Ballet presents King Arthur’s Camelot – Friday, February 10 at 8pm, Saturday, February 11 at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday, February 12 at 1pm and 6:30pm; Aronoff Center for the Arts – King Arthur’s Camelot transports us to the mystical land of Camelot where the story of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere unfolds in a visually stunning display of dance, drama and magic.

  • Dine, Dance, and Romance with WGRR – Friday, February 10 from 7p to 12am; The Grand Ballrooms at The Madison in Covington – Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing to great music, hosted by Chris and Janeen.

  • Krohn by Candelight Date Night – Friday, February 10 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm; Krohn Conservatory – Make a craft for your special someone and learn all about chocolate. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to see the spring show, Blooms on the Bayou, during twilight hours.

  • Cincinnati Auto Expo – Friday, February 10 from 11am to 9pm; Saturday, February 11 from 10am to 9pm; Sunday, February 12 from 10am to 6pm; Duke Energy Convention Center – Check out the ‘Dream Machines’ on Dream Machine Boulevard, classic cars and collectibles, and the all new Beer and Wine Garden along with many more attractions and exhibitions.

  • BB River Boat Valentine’s Cruise – Saturday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 14  from 7-9:30 p.m.- Give your date a Valentine’s Day to remember! BB Riverboat will play cupid while you enjoy your time together. There will be a delicious buffet dinner as well as live music.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Feb 3-5, 2017):

  • Seahorses: Unbridled Fun – Through Friday, March 31, 2017 at Newport Aquarium – Take a stroll through this new, interactive exhibit and discover 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons (yes, they exist!), trumpetfish and more. Make a day of it with a stop at Tom+Chee or Dewey’s Pizza for lunch.

  • Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Indy Fuel – Friday, February 3, 7:30 pm at US Bank Arena – Cheer the ‘Clones on to victory, and if you are among the first 3,000 to arrive you’ll receive a souvenir Puckchop plush doll to take home. They will have $1 Donatos Pizza slices, as well, so they’ve got your dinner covered!

  • SUMMERLAND – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm; Sunday, February 5 at 7 pm – Do you like ghost stories? Based on mesmerizing true events, SUMMERLAND tells the tale of William H. Mumler a spirit photographer with a talent for taking haunting images of the dead.

  • Big Game Party with Fifty West Brewing Company – Sunday, February 5 at 4 pm at Pro Works – Celebrate the Big Game with Fifty West’s 1st Annual Big Game Super Party! For $35, you get an all-you-can-eat buffet and two 50W brews of your choosing.

  • Chocolate in the Chapel – Sunday, February 5 from 12-3 pm at Norman Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – Check out local experts on everything sweet and chocolate: Chocolats Latour, Macaron Bar, Maverick Chocolate Co., Velveteen Chocolate and more. Taste, purchase and take a tour of the Norman Chapel led by Spring Grove’s expert docents.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Jan 27-29, 2017):

  • Cincy Blues Society’s Winter Blues Fest – Friday, January 27 from 6pm to 1am; Saturday, January 28 from 6pm to 1am; The Phoenix – More than 25 local bands perform on four different stages. Enjoy food and drinks, available for purchase during the event.

  • Blooms on the Bayou – Now through March 12; exhibition times vary; Krohn Conservatory – Blooms on the Bayou, Krohn Conservatory’s spring show, is inspired by the colorful culture of New Orleans. Fun, festive “Big Easy’ atmosphere combines an with eerie, enchanting, swampy southern bayou feel.

  • Sushi Rolling Party and Lessons – Friday, January 27 from 5:30-9pm; The Presidents Inn Restaurant – Learn to roll your own sushi, compliments of the folks at Sushi Cincinnati, then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Happy Hour drinks available at the Roosevelt Bar.

  • Jungle Jim’s Pint Night – Friday, January 27 from 5-9pm; Jungle Jim’s International Market Fairfield and Eastgate locations – This week’s Pint Night features brews from Municipal Brew Works at the Fairfield location, and Rhinegeist at the Eastgate store. Includes a keepsake glass, while available.

  • Little Shop of Horrors – Now through February 19; showtimes vary; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – You’ll have a roaring good time at this hilarious musical about a power-hungry, fast-talking plant who vows to fulfill his owner, Seymour’s, wildest dreams. The only catch? He’s thirsty for human blood!

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Jan 20-22, 2017):

  • Smokey Robinson with the Cincinnati Pops – Saturday, January 21 at 8 pm; Sunday, January 22 at 2pm; Taft Theatre – Satin-voiced crooner Smokey Robinson joins the Cincinnati Pops for “American Soundscapes”, performing his signature hits such as I Second That Emotion and Tears of a Clown.

  • FIRST DATE – Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati; runs through Sunday, February 5; show times vary – What chances have you taken to find love? This musical explores one of the most dangerous human endeavors in existence: blind dates!

  • Lights, Camera, Murder: Murder Mystery Dinner – Saturday, January 21 from 5:30-8pm; Voice of America MetroPark – The WhoDunit? Players will be on hand to solve an audience participation, interactive murder mystery as you enjoy dinner, appetizers, and intrigue! The scene: Gloria Swansong is coming back to the silver screen. But someone wants to send her to that big screening room in the sky instead! Costume encouraged.

  • Winter/Spring Meet at Turfway Park – through April 1, 2017; post times vary – Enjoy a day of live racing at Turfway Park. Stop in The Homestretch for dinner and enjoy live music.

  • HENRY VI: WAR OF THE ROSES PART 2 – Friday, January 20 at 7:30pm; Saturday, January 21 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 22 at 2pm; Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – It’s a real life Game of Thrones as Shakespeare’s History Cycle spirals towards its inevitable end,

 

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Jan 13-15, 2017):

  • Mascot Broomball Exhibition Game on Fountain Square – Saturday, January 14 at 10 am – All of your favorite regional mascots take the ice on Fountain Square for a fun broomball match.  Mascots are available for meet-and-greet and photo opportunities.

  • Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show – Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 22; times and days vary; Duke Energy Convention Center – More than 700 displays and exhibits, including boats, equipment, gear, seminars, guides, outfitters and more.

  • January Wine Dinner – Friday, January 13 at 6:30 pm; The Transept – Funky’s Catering kicks off January with a five-course “Flavors of the World” wine dinner at The Transept.

  • MusicNOW Festival – Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 at 8 pm; Taft Theatre – Join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for MusicNOW. Be a part of history with the U.S. premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Wires, a chamber concerto for electric guitar. You may know more of Dessner’s work than you think—Bryce is a member of The National and recently composed the score for smash film “The Revenant.”

  • Glenn Brown Exhibition – Through Sunday, January 15; Contemporary Arts Center – his is the first solo museum exhibition in the United States to survey the work of renowned London-based artist Glenn Brown. This landmark exhibition will feature over 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints as well as a fully-illustrated catalog.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Jan 6-8, 2017):

  • Cavalcade of Customs – Friday, January 6 from 3-10pm; Saturday, January 7 from 10am to 10pm; Sunday, January 8 from 10am to 6pm; Duke Energy Convention Center – Car lovers – rejoice! Custom cars, classic cars, hot rods – you’ll be in car heaven at Cavalcade of Customs. More than 500 show cars will be on display, live music plays, and celebrity appearances abound.

  • Melissa Ethridge with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Sunday, January 8 at 7:30pm; Taft Theatre – Grammy-and Academy Award-winning rock singer-songwriter Melissa Ethridge joins the Cincinnati Pops for a night of her signature hits combined with the power of the Pops.

  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Friday, January 6 at 8pm; Saturday, January 7 at 2pm; Saturday, January 7 at 8pm; Sunday, January 8 at 1pm; Sunday, January 8 at 6:30pm; Aronoff Center – Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars!

  • Cincinnati Wedding Showcase – Saturday, January 7 from 11am to 5pm; Sunday, January 8 from 11am to 4pm; Sharonville Convention Center – The holidays are prime time for popping the question. So if you’ve taken the leap and are looking to start the wedding planning process, this is your event. Check out imaginative exhibits from over 100 wedding professionals.

  • Amsoil Arenacross – Saturday, January 7 at 7pm; Sunday, January 8 at 7pm; U.S. Bank Arena – Check out the best up-and-coming motocross riders in the world in a 14-round battle for the coveted Ricky Carmichael Cup.

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Dec. 30-Jan 1, 2016):

  • Harlem Globetrotters – Friday, December 30 at 2 pm and 7 pm; US Bank Arena – Enjoy the antics of the talented and hilarious Harlem Globetrotters.

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THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Dec. 23-25, 2016):

  • Shen Yun 2017 World Tour – 7:30pm to 10 pm; Aronoff Center for the Arts – Blend of beauty, energy and grace. Journey through 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture: wisdom of ancient China, classical Chinese dancers, one-of-a-kind orchestra, handcrafted costumes and animated backdrops come together.

  • EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – December 14-31; times vary – CSC’s holiday smash hit Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is back! What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more!

  • Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise on BB Riverboats – Saturday, December 24; boarding at 4:30pm, sailing from 5:30-7:30pm – Take a cruise along the mighty Ohio River and enjoy the sights while enjoying a delicious meal. You’ll be back in time to watch for Santa to make his way down the chimney!

  • A Christmas Carol – Runs through Saturday, December 31; showtimes vary; Playhouse in the Park — The classic holiday tale comes to live at the hands of the fine cast of A Christmas Carol, one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions of the year.

  • The Snowman with The Pops – Friday, December 23 at 7:30pm at Taft Theatre – Be a kid again and enjoy the heart-warming animated Christmas film The Snowman as the Cincinnati Pops plays the score live.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Dec. 16-18, 2016):

  • The City Flea Unwrapped Holiday Market – Saturday, December 17 from 5-10pm at Washington Park – Snow or shine, Washington Park comes alive with vendors of all kinds – crafts and wares of all varieties, food, and so much more! What better way to finish up your holiday shopping and have a little date night fun in the process.

  • Cincinnati Cyclones VS Indy Fuel at U.S. Bank Arena – Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm – Our Cyclones face off against the Indy Fuel for a night of fun on the ice! It’s also Blanket Giveaway Night – the first 3,000 fans will receive a free fleece Cyclones Ugly Christmas Sweater blanket.

  • EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – December 14-31; times vary – CSC’s holiday smash hit Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is back! What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more!

  • Holiday Dinner Cruise on B&B Riverboats – Friday, December 16 at 7pm – BB Riverboats has teamed up with a local brewery for this special Holiday Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a 4-beer tasting of some premium and seasonal brews. Fill up on a buffet full of holiday favorites, listen to the festive music played by the DJ, and take home a complimentary tasting glass. This will certainly help you celebrate the season in style!

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Dec. 9-11, 2016):

  • Happy Holidays with the Kentucky Choirs — Saturday, December 10 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm at The Carnegie — Enjoy holiday music sung by award-winning local choirs, then do a little shopping at the holiday market, and don’t forget to hit up the hot chocolate bar while you are there.

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  • Frisch’s presents Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker – December 9 through December 18; Aronoff Center for the Arts; times vary — A holiday classic, and a Cincinnati tradition, The Nutcracker is a holiday date tradition you will both enjoy. Make a date for dinner, lunch, or brunch before you go and enjoy a lovely holiday adventure.

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  • The Beach Mountain – Daily through March 5; times vary – Spend the day snow tubing down a 400 ft long run, then ride the “magic carpet” to the back to do it again and again. Warm up with hot drinks and snacks in the warming chalet. Perfect holiday and wintertime fun!

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THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Dec. 2-4, 2016):

  • Winter Block Party: Dark Charge Release — Saturday, December 3 from 12 pm to 1 am; Braxton Brewing – Be among the first to check out the newly released Dark Charge bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Celebrate with live music, food trucks, guest taps, and more.

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  • Holiday Pops featuring Melinda Doolittle — Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4; times vary; Taft Theatre — American Idol show-stopper Melinda Doolittle joins the Cincinnati Pops for the beloved Home for the Holidays program, featuring holiday favorites.

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  • Redsfest — Friday, December 2 from 3 pm to 10:30 pm; Saturday, December 3 from 11 am to 6:30 pm; Duke Energy Convention Center — One of the most anticipated events of the season, meet current and former Reds players, play interactive games, search for hard-to-find memorabilia, get autographs, and much more.

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  • Christmas Saengerfest — Friday, December 2 from 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, December 3 from 6:30 pm to 11 pm; Over the Rhine — Award-winning local choirs perform in beautiful Over the Rhine venues for a night of beautiful holiday music. Make a night of it with dinner in one of OTR’s many amazing dining spots.
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Photo courtesy of Christmas Saengerfest Facebook page

Compliments of Cincinnati Bengals Facebook page

Compliments of Cincinnati Bengals Facebook page

THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Nov. 25-27, 2016):

  • Ale to the Queen City – Friday, November 25 from 4pm to 11pm; Saturday, November 26 from 4pm to 11pm; Downtown Cincinnati on Mehring Way between Elm St. and the Roebling Bridge — The perfect date opportunity if you are a lover of craft beers, live entertainment, and signature ‘Cincinnati’ foods.

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  • LAST CHANCE – Broadway in Cincinnati presents The Phantom of the Opera – Friday, November 18 at 8 pm; Saturday, November 10 at 2 & 8 pm; Sunday, November 20 at 1 & 6:30 pm; Aronoff Center – One of the largest productions now on tour, The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Aronoff Center with many new special effects, including the now infamous chandelier.

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  • Greater Cincinnati Winterfair — Friday, November 25 from 10am to 5pm; Saturday, November 26 from 10am to 5pm; Sunday, November 27 from 11am to 4pm; Northern Kentucky Convention Center — Enjoy an afternoon together shopping for gifts for family and friends at this holiday artists’ market.

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  • A Christmas Carol – Runs through Saturday, December 31; showtimes vary; Playhouse in the Park — The classic holiday tale comes to live at the hands of the fine cast of A Christmas Carol, one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions of the year.

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THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Nov. 18-20, 2016):

  • Broadway in Cincinnati presents The Phantom of the Opera – Friday, November 18 at 8 pm; Saturday, November 10 at 2 & 8 pm; Sunday, November 20 at 1 & 6:30 pm; Aronoff Center – One of the largest productions now on tour, The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Aronoff Center with many new special effects, including the now infamous chandelier.

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  • Germania Society of Cincinnati’s Christkindlmarkt – Friday, November 18 from 5-10 pm; Saturday, November 19 from 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, November 20 from 12 pm to 5 pm – Holiday entertainment, German music and food and, of course, beer, and so mjch shopping.

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  • Fitz and The Tantrums – Sunday, November 20 at 8 pm; Madison Theater — Fitz and The Tantrums bring the ‘Come Get Your Love’ Tour to the historic Madison Theater. Enjoy a night out in The Cov by stopping for dinner first at one of MainStrasse Village’s many excellent restaurants before the show.

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  • Victory of Light Expo – Saturday, November 19 from 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday, November 20 from 10 am to 7 pm; Sharonville Convention Center — The midwest’s largest metaphysical expo. Live music and performances, art exhibits, psychics, card readers, palm readers, and so much shopping.

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THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Nov. 11-13, 2016):

  • International Wine Festival — Friday, November 11 from 7-10 pm; Saturday, November 12 from 7-10 pm; Jungle Jim’s International Market Fairfield — Wine lover’s take note, this festival will leave your head spinning with choices for your next wine bottle purchase! Taste more than 400 wines from 90 different booths and take home a souvenir glass.

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  • The Comedy Get Down — Friday, November 11 at 8 pm; US Bank Arena — Get ready to laugh and buckle up for a night of hilarity with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez, Charlie Murphy and many more.

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  • The Blind Boys of Alabama — Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm; Live at The Ludlow Garage — You’re in for a night of spirit moving music sung by a group of men who carry on the tradition of a group started in the late 1930’s at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. Today, this group travels internationally to bring their music to the world.

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  • Vikings: Beyond the Legend at the Cincinnati Museum Center — Runs Friday, November 11 through Sunday, April 2, 2017; Monday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 6pm — Experience amazing archaeological finds and artifacts brought to the Cincinnati Museum Center in collaboration with The Swedish History Museum.

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THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Nov. 4-6, 2016):

  • Whiskey City Festival at Lawrenceburg Event Center — Saturday, November 5 from 6-11 pm — Celebrate Lawrenceburg’s ties to the distilling industry with the third-annual Whiskey City Festival featuring a full slate of whiskey-related activities, such as tastings, live music, food, and more.

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  • 10th Annual Pumpkin Chuck at Stanbery Park — Saturday, November 5 from 12-5 pm — Bring your Halloween jack o’lanterns and enjoy launched them across Stanbery Park by way of trebuchet. While you are there enjoy snacks and drinks provided by several delicious local vendors, such as Tom+Chee, Eli’sBBQ, Luckman Coffee, and more.

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  • Great Ohio Brew and ‘Que — Fifty West Brewing; Saturday, November 5 from 4pm to 12am — All you can eat BBQ with craft beer pairings.

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THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Oct. 27-29, 2016):

  • Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth – Runs through Sunday, January 8; 11 am to 5 pm; Cincinnati Art Museum – Explore the world of Van Gogh, along with examples of those who influenced him, including Rousseau, Gauguin, Monet and more. $10; parking is free.

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  • Date Night, Duo of Stir Fry at The Learning Kitchen – Saturday, October 29 from 5-7 pm at The Learning Kitchen in West Chester – Cook up a delicious meal together, then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor. $140 per couple; registration required.

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  • Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – Saturday, October 29 at 8 pm; Taft Theatre – Enjoy an evening of glorious music provided by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the exceptional May Festival Chorus. Tickets range from $12-$107.

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  • WNKU’s Catfish Ball presented by Iacono – Saturday, October 29; Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm – Some of your favorite local bands and more take the stage as some of your all time favorite artists: The Almighty Get Down (as Prince), Jake Speed (as Woody Guthrie) and more. Tickets range from $15 to $20.

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  • Run Like Hell – Friday, October 28; registration begins at 5 pm, the fun starts at 7:30 pm; Xavier University – Grab your best Halloween costume and Run Like Hell through Walnut Hills Cemetery – all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The after party features the Naked Karate Girls, free food and drinks, and reasonably priced craft beer. Not into running? Buy a party only pass for only $10.

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  • FINAL WEEKEND — Pulp – Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 8 pm; Know Theatre – Get noir this Halloween weekend with Pulp, the tale of Frank Ellery, a washed-up PI who takes on the strangest case of his life.

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THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Oct. 21-23, 2016):

  • Ohio Renaissance Festival –FINAL WEEKEND; 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville, OH 45068 — The lanes are bustling with storytellers, strolling musicians, singers, dancers and villagers welcoming you to a festive day of living history. Feast like royalty on juicy roasted turkey legs, fresh-baked bread bowl stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, and a variety of the finest beers and wines. The sprawling landscape is dotted with 12 stages and a unique open-air shopper’s marketplace with more than 130 merchants and demonstrating craftsmen.

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  • Blackberry Smoke – Saturday, October 22 at 7 pm; Madison Theater – Southern rock takes the stage at the Madison Theater when Blackberry Smoke rolls into town.

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  • Cincinnati Ballet presents Coppelia – Friday, October 21 at 8 pm; Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm & 8 pm; Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm at Aronoff Center – Enter the charming world of Coppelia, performed beautifully by our own Cincinnati Ballet.

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  • Cincinnati Cyclones – Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm; U. S. Bank Arena – Head down to support your Cyclones as they hit the ice for the first time for the 2016-17 season! Even better? $1 hot dogs and beer!

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  • Cincinnati Bengals VS Cleveland Browns – Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm; Paul Brown Stadium – It’s Bengals season! Cheer on the hometown team as they take on the Browns in the Jungle at 1 pm on Sunday.

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THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Oct. 14-16, 2016):

  • The City Flea: 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 15th at Washington Park – Take advantage of the last City Flea until December’s holiday market. Food trucks, vendors, artisans and fun — what more could you ask for!

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  • Zombie Ball: Dance of the Undead: 7-11 pm on Saturday, Oct. 15th at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum – Scare up a costume for you and your sweetheart and head out for some fun on Pyramid Hill. Buffet, DJ and more!

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  • Northern Kentucky Wine Festival:  3-10 pm on Saturday, Oct. 15th in Covington’s MainStrasse Village – Sip the night away and try out some of Kentucky’s best wineries plus local food, artisans and live entertainment.

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  • Jimmy Eat World: 8:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 15th at Bogart’s – Enjoy a night of great music in a well-loved venue.

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LAST CHANCE: 
Old West Festival – 10 am – 6 pm on Weekends through Oct 16th – Spend a day back in the old west’s Dodge City with a trip to the Old West Festival!


THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (Oct. 7-9, 2016):

  • Ohio Sauerkraut Festival: 9 am-8 pm on Saturday, Oct. 8th and 9 am-6 pm on Sunday, Oct. 9th; Downtown Waynesville – Food, crafts and more!

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  • Second Sunday on Main: Noon to 5 pm on Sunday, Oct. 9th in OTR – Have fun on Main St. browsing crafts, enjoying local foods and checking out the live entertainment and demonstrations.

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  • Vanessa Williams: 7 pm on Sunday, Oct. 9th at Taft Theatre – Enjoy a night of music with legendary actor and vocalist, Vanessa Williams.

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  • PULP: Runs through Saturday, Oct. 29th at Know Theatre of Cincinnati – Head back to the era of pulp fiction murder mysteries with private detective, Frank Ellery, and the talented actors of the Know Theatre.

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  • Amy Schumer: 8 pm on Saturday, Oct. 8th at BB&T Arena – Laugh it up with the sharp-witted (and sharp-tongued) Amy Schumer.

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LAST CHANCE – THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Runs through Oct. 9th; show times vary at the Aronoff Center for the Arts – Watch young, soon-to-be nun Maria fall for the dashing Captain Von Trapp and his seven adorable children in this classic and well-loved musical.

 


THIS WEEK’S ROUNDUP (SEPT. 30-Oct. 2, 2016):

  • Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week: Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week returns this Fall September 26-October 2, 2016!  For a limited time, a collection of Tri-state restaurants will offer $35 three-course prix fixe menus. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Greater Cincinnati! It’s perfect for a foodie date night!Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week
  • DevouGrass Festival at Devou Park: Noon until dusk on Saturday, Oct. 1st – Pack a blanket or chairs and head to Devou Park for the DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival. Free bluegrass music is the delight of the day. Add in local artisan vendors and food trucks, and you’ve got a day full of fun.

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  • The Second Annual Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival: Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st at Washington Park – Two full days of BBQ and whiskey sampling and outdoor entertainment! Check out offerings by Buona Terra, Eli’s BBQ and Just Q’in on the food side, Rebel Yell bourbon, Karate Cowboy, Woodford Reserve and more in the whiskey department and music by the Young Heirlooms, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, Wilder and more!

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  • Aurora Farmer’s Fair: Sept. 28th through October 1st in Downtown Aurora, Indiana – It’s everything you want from a farmer’s fair, including rides, food, games, parades and more!

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  • THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Runs through October 9th at the Aronoff Center for the Arts; show times vary – Watch young soon-to-be nun, Maria, fall for the dashing Captain Von Trapp and his seven adorable children in this classic and well-loved musical.

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